Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall,
Acol on 21st June 2010 at 7.30p.m.
Present: Councillors Miss Bransfield (Chairman), B. Hall, J. Inchley, Dr. H Mitchell and Mrs E O’Reilly
Also present: Cllr. Mike Roberts (TDC) and Roy Wade (Clerk to the Council)
75. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor C Hibberd (KCC)
76. MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING
The Minutes of the meeting held on 21st April 2010 were approved and signed by the Chairman.
There were no matters arising.
77. MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
No declarations were made
78. CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
i) Children’s’ Play Area – The Chairman reported that the play equipment has not yet been replaced as additional funding is required. Cllr. Mike Roberts said that he would discuss this with Charles Hibberd to remind him he had agreed to provide an application for the extra money.
ii) Directional Signs – The Chairman reported that Kent Highways have complied with a request from the Parish Council and removed the directional signs from the Prospect roundabout to Birchington that she hope that this would result in less traffic using Acol as a “rat run”.
iii) Speedwatch – Members were advised that an initiative had been undertaken during May; many motorists were seen to be speeding but reduced their speed on seeing the monitoring team. However the police had been advised of the findings. Finally the Chairman reported that more volunteers were needed and Cllr. Inchley said he would place an item in the next Village magazine seeking volunteers to come forward.
79. CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk reported that District Audit had asked why only one precept payment had been received from TDC. Members were advised that this had been due to an administrative failure and that the second payment had been received by the Parish Council on 1st April 2010.
80. PLANNING APPLICATION/PLANNING MATTERS
The Chairman reported that no planning applications/planning matters had been received since the last meeting.
81. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
The Clerk reported that he had received no invoices for payment since the last meeting.
The Clerk also reported that the bank balance for the period to 1st June 2010 was £8157.78p.
82. REPORT OF COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
Cllr. Hibberd was not in attendance to report.
Cllr. Roberts reported on:
(i) The Big Event at Palm Bay – The event had been well attended with a crowd of up to 30,000 watching the display.
(ii) Manston Transport Site –Members were advised of the continuing problems at this site and the position had been made worse by the depositing of brick rubble on the adjoining footpath. Councillor Hibberd was trying to resolve the problems and Council would be kept advised.
83. MATTERS OF REPORTS BY MEMBERS
(i) Cllr. Inchley no matter for report.
(ii) Cllr. Dr Mitchell – (a) expressed concern that emergency vehicles were using the Village as a shortcut when responding to incidents; and (b) the placing of a CCTV camera on the garden of a property adjoining the highway. The Chairman responded that she had discussed this matter with the police and that it had been confirmed that no offence would be committed so long as it did not record details of vehicles driving or pedestrians on the highway.
(iii) Cllr B Hall – (a) asked about the siting of the salt bin and the Clerk confirmed that it would be placed in the area by the Chapel of Rest; and (b) the open gardens event had gone well and £1629.31p had been raised and donated to the RNLI.
(iv) Cllr Mrs O’Reilly – (a) hedges in Plumstone Road needed cutting back; and (b) the manhole cover in Plumstone Road was in need of attention.
84. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on 6th September 2010 at 7.00pm when it was hoped that Cllr Bob Bayford, now TDC Leader, would be able to attend. Following this the regular Parish Council meeting would take place at 7.30pm. Cllr Inchley will put an item in the next issue of the Village Voice to make the Village aware.
PUBLIC DISCUSSION TIME
Issues were raised in respect of a drain in Plumstone Road, the parking of HGV vehicles at the Loop, the use of the farm lane by grain lorries, the amount of broken glass in the Recreation Ground and the inconvenience cause by the lights being left on at the Cummins factory and the 2m. wide bund had not been provided. Cllr Roberts said he would look into these issues.